As promised, Prince played an uninterrupted eight-minute medley of songs from his new albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum, during Saturday Night Live on Nov. 1 — and it was pretty spectacular!
Prince’s extra-long SNL performance marked his first appearance on the sketch comedy show since 2006, and his first lengthy TV performance since the Super Bowl XLI halftime show in 2007.
Wearing a sleek black coat, a fringy gold necklace and shiny three-lensed sunglasses, Prince and his all-female band 3rdEyeGirl, along with guest vocalist Lianne La Havas, ran through such new cuts as “Clouds,” “Marz” and Anotherlove” during the segment.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain and some had hoped Prince might drop classics like “Let’s Go Crazy” or “When Doves Cry” during the segment. But the Purple One kept it strictly to new material during the performance. Watch below.
This week’s SNL, hosted by comedian Chris Rock, featured some other memorable musical moments, including a sketch about music listeners getting vertigo after hearing a song they love and being surprised to learn that it’s actually Taylor Swift.
“Over the last one month, realizing you love Taylor Swift has become the leading cause of vertigo in adults. That’s why now, there’s Swiftamine, the fast-acting antihistamine tablet that’s pink and bubbly, just like Taylor herself,” said Dr. David Doctor, played by SNL‘s Beck Bennett.
The SNL cast also spoofed the Oct. 29 arrest of Suge Knight and Katt Williams during the Weekend Update. The rap mogul and comedian are accused of stealing a photographer’s camera last month. During the sketch, a cigar-puffing Knight, played by Kenan Thompson, referenced getting shot. “My body got so much lead, i’m like a 300-pound No. 2 Pencil,” he said.
Rock, who last hosted SNL in 1996, played the uptight father of a teenage YouTube star. He attempts to show his 15-year-old a few dance moves but miserably fails. Watch below.
Saturday Night Live returns on Nov. 15 with musical guest Kendrick Lamar and host Woody Harrelson.